MDS Coordinator Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

An MDS (minimum data set) coordinator interacts with admin and medical staff to ensure that patients' records meet government regulations. MDS coordinators are certified by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) through a 10-course online program and most are either licensed vocational nurses (LVN) or registered nurses (RN).

10 Schools with MDS Coordinator Programs

The below schools offer nursing programs, which are a useful first step for aspiring MDS coordinators:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees, In-State, Undergraduate (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ 4-year, Public Diploma, Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,158
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $2,834
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $10,037
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Doctorate $6,381
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate Doctorate $13,790
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate $6,368
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate $9,806
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,560
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate $6,410
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 4-year, Public Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate, Doctorate $17,514

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for MDS coordinator schools:

  • When choosing a nursing degree program for an LVN, RN or BSN program, a prospective student should consider the opportunities to gain hands-on clinical experience.
  • Nursing students looking to become MDS coordinators generally should look for accredited programs to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  • Typically, universities and colleges with long-established nursing degree programs have the strongest teachers and instructors.
  • Students should consider the internship opportunities provided by prospective schools.

Before receiving certification by the AANAC, MDC coordinators are typically licensed or registered nurses. As such, pursuing degrees in nursing is a requirement for future MDC coordinators.

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